MILAN - Three 13-year-old Milan boys admitted to police they vandalized the Berlin-Milan Middle School principal's front yard early Saturday morning.
Milan Police Officer Pat Fox found two of the boys about 3 a.m. crossing U.S. 250 while heading to Bond Street. The boys, of Bond Street and Willow Drive, "admitted to Officer Fox that they had vandalized their middle school principal's front yard" on Twin Oaks Drive, Erie County Sheriff's Sgt. William Arthur wrote in his report.
Fox contacted Principal Doug Crooks, who discovered his yard had been toilet-papered. There also was a broken pumpkin in his driveway, disposable utensils stuck in his yard and Hershey's strawberry syrup on the front of Crooks' truck and in the driveway.
The officers and the boys, after the police station interview, went to the Bond Street boy's home where the third suspect was staying in the basement. Arthur said the boys, after being advised of their Miranda rights, wrote an apology letter to their principal and cleaned up the mess.
"The juveniles told me that they were all supposed to be staying the night at (the Bond Street boy's) house, but snuck outside and had intended to toilet paper (a) girlfriend's house. They decided against it, thinking she would get mad," Arthur wrote.
"They then decided that since Principal Crooks had disciplined their friend at a school dance late on Friday night, they would go toilet paper his house instead," the officer continued.
The boys were charged with criminal trespassing and criminal mischief and released to their parents.